Born: December 16, 1826, Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England.
Died: June 15, 1893, Torquay, Devon, England.
Buried: Torquay, Devon, England.
Ellerton graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and entered the ministry in 1850.
In 1852, he was lecturer of St. Peter’s, Brighton. He also served as vicar at St. Nicholas’, Brighton.
In 1860, he became chaplain for Lord Crewe and vicar of Crewe Green, Cheshire.
In 1872, he became rector of Hinstock, Shropshire.
From 1884–85, he was a chaplain in Pegli, Italy.
Upon return to Britain, he settled into his final parish, White Roding, Uttlesford district, Essex.
During his last illness, he received the honorary title of Canon of St. Albans Cathedral.
He was a recognized authority on hymns, contributed to Hymns Ancient and Modern, and wrote or translated over 80 hymns.